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Finding harmony between the environment and the economy Hosted by David Suzuki Foundation and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Vancouver, BC — After the May 14 provincial election, the new B.C. government will have critical choices to make on environmental and economic fronts. Those choices will come with opportunities and risks. Opportunities such as strengthening and redirecting the carbon tax to fund transit and innovation, protecting our marine areas and coastal communities and shifting to a clean energy economy. Risks such as building pipelines and gas plants that tie us to a boom-and-bust economic future. These issues are key to the upcoming provincial election and central to our Building a Better Future for B.C. Forum.

"We hope to provide a forum where British Columbians will be more informed of what a sustainable and healthy environment will look like and how they are prepared to support it," said Queenie Choo, CEO of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. "And most importantly, voters will be better informed of the political platform in regards to the environmental issues in the upcoming B.C. election."

"Too often political discussions in B.C. are framed as a choice between a healthy environment and a prosperous economy," said Ian Bruce, Science and Policy Manager with the David Suzuki Foundation. "In reality, we can choose to have both by focusing on solutions that drive environmental innovation while improving the quality of life in our communities and creating jobs we can be proud of."

Please join the David Suzuki Foundation and S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for a lively panel discussion on these key election issues in Cantonese, English and Mandarin, with simultaneous interpretation. Audience participation will be encouraged from invited experts, political party representatives and the public. The panel will include Capilano University economics professor and TV commentator Allen Zhu, Former S.U.C.C.E.S.S. chair and Chinese-language radio commentator Kenneth Tung, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. board member Paul Cheng, cross-cultural communications specialist Fenella Sung, David Suzuki Foundation topic experts Ian Bruce and Bill Wareham, and community leader Michael Yue, who will moderate the discussion.

The forum is open to the media and will be held at Choi Hall, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Social Service Centre (28 West Pender Street, Vancouver) from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 13, 2103.


David Suzuki Foundation

We find solutions for living within the limit of nature. Through sound science, education, research and public engagement, we motivate Canadians to take action in overcoming our shared environmental challenges. www.davidsuzuki.org


Established in 1973, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia. It is a charitable organization providing services in settlement, language training, employment, family and youth service, business and economic development, health care, housing and community development. www.success.bc.ca..

For further information:

Winnie Hwo
Public Engagement and Communications Specialist
David Suzuki Foundation
Tel: 604-732-4228 ext. 1255
E-mail: winnie@davidsuzuki.org

Eileen Lao
Public Affairs Manager
Tel: 604-408-7243
E-mail: eileen.lao@success.bc.ca

April 9, 2013